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14th Amendment

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14th Amendment

A resource from Priscilla Huang, JD from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review that puts the latest attacks on women and the 14th Amendment in a gender and reproductive justice context

This short piece is written in response to the initial release of the attacks on women of color and the 14th Amendment. This article gives a brief legal analysis of what is taking place but also critically links that analysis to the aggressive nature of these attacks towards targeted populations.

Click here to read more about the 14th Amendment campaign.

Policy Priorities

Though NCIWR is a relatively new coalition, we’ve had a packed year of successes and positive movement in our 2009 priority areas.

NCIWR Federal Policy Priorities of 2009 support a fair, just and humane immigration policy for all immigrants, especially women and families.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

March Activists Call for Family-Friendly Immigration Policies,Labor Protections and Health Care Reforms for Nation’s Immigrant Women March 21, 2010

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) joined together to call on the Obama administration and policy makers to create family-friendly immigration policies, health care reforms, and labor protections on behalf of immigrant women as part of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

NCIWR Letter to President-Elect and Transition Team December 2008

NCIWR urges then President-elect Obama and the transition team for equitable immigration reform that addresses the needs of immigrant women and their families.

NCIWR Statement on the Failed DREAM Act Vote November 2007

NCIWR’s statement on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act’s failure to pass in U.S. Congress.

NCIWR Statement on the DREAM Act October 2007

NCIWR position statement expressing support for the passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act into federal law and the reasons why the legislation is an important step towards the inclusion of immigrants into American society.

NCIWR Statement on the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security (AgJobs) Act October 2007

NCIWR’s statement in opposition to the AgJOBS Act because it does not constitute as a lasting solution for an increasing number of seasonal farm worker women.

Immigration Detention and Enforcement

NCIWR Statement on Racial Profiling April 2012

NCIWR’s statement against racial profiling and in support of the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), submitted for the April 17, 2012 hearing on “Ending Racial Profiling in America,” held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.

Fact Sheet: Women, 287(g) and Secure Communities (S-Comm) March 2012

The 287(g) program began with immigration “reform” in 1996 but did not see significant use until after 9/11; its centerpiece is cooperation between local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. Under 287(g) memoranda of agreement (MOAs), local police are authorized to act as immigration officers, working on regular patrols or in jails to identify individuals to funnel into our immigration detention and deportation systems.

Anti-Shackling Letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) July 2008

A multi-organization letter addressed to the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Julie Myers, urging for the end of the use of restraints on female detainees during pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-delivery.

NCIWR Letter opposing on the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act December 2007

NCIWR urges Members of Congress to oppose the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement  (SAVE) Act.

Health Care Access & Reform

NCIWR Letter to Speaker Pelosi and House Committee Leadership to lift the Five-year bar on Health Care July 2009

NCIWR’s letter of support, addressed to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the  House Committees of Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means and Education & Labor, for the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2009 investments in reducing health disparities and the removal of the five-year bar for lawfully residing immigrants, which will ensure all pregnant women and children have access to comprehensive, quality and affordable health care.

NCIWR Letter to Congress on CHIP January 2009

NCIWR letter to Congress in support of a Children’s  Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that includes coverage for legal immigrant children and pregnant immigrant women and ends the five-year waiting period to CHIP coverage.

NCIWR Letter to Senate Finance Committee on ICHIA October 2007

NCIWR letter to the Senate Finance Committee expressing concern for the lack of support of the Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act (ICHIA) in the Senate and asking them to reconsider restoring the state option to provide health services to legal immigrant children and pregnant immigrant women.

NCIWR Letter to Senate Finance Committee Regarding ICHIA September 2007

NCIWR’s  letter to the Senate Finance Committee to express discontent for the committee’s decision to exclude the Legal Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement (ICHIA) Act  in the State’s Children Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in the 110th Congress.

Adjustment and Entry

NCWIR Applauds Removal of HIV Ban January 2010

The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) applaud President Barack Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for lifting the travel and immigration ban and removing the HIV testing requirement from routine medical examinations of foreign nationals.

NCIWR HIV Travel Ban August 2009

NCIWR’s comment in support of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule to remove the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from the list of “communicable diseases of public health significance” and to remove the HIV testing requirement from the routine medical examinations of foreign nationals.

NCIWR and multi-organization public comments submitted to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in support of the proposed criteria for the human papillomavirus  (HPV) vaccination of immigrants.

NCIWR Sign-on Letter to CDC Opposing HPV Vaccine Mandate for Immigrants January 2009

A NCIWR multi-organization sign-on letter to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) opposing the human papillomavirus  (HPV) vaccine mandate for immigrants women and girls.

NCIWR’s position statement addressing the negative consequences of the HPV vaccine requirement on immigrant women and girls. NCIWR urges the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to remove the HPV vaccine requirement and proposes of an alternative solution to ensuring the health of immigrant women and girls.


NCIWR’s comments on the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed guidance to federal financial assistance recipients regarding the Title VI prohibition against national origin discrimination affecting persons with limited English proficiency. NCIWR supports robust language services and accommodations for limited English proficient (LEP) beneficiaries of USDA programs, including the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

NCIWR’s statement in support of the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal to extend Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections to certain domestic workers. NCIWR supports a narrowed “companionship services” exemption, among other changes, because it will improve pay for domestic workers, including numerous immigrant women.

NCIWR’s statement in support of ACLU’s request to the federal court to require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that funds distributed through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act are not being used to impose religiously-based restrictions on reproductive health services.

On June 20, 2012 the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Health held a National Day of Action for Immigrant Women’s Health aimed at raising awareness of the issues that impact the health of immigrant women and communities. The Day of Action drew a wide range of advocates together in opposition to the Aderholt Amendment to the FY2013 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill and in support of advancing justice for immigrant women.

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